My Favorite L.A. Eateries

The last place I visited before leaving Los Angeles was Father's Office. Why Father's Office is such a hit can be summed up in two words: Beer and Burgers.  This gastropub specializes in beer from all over the world. It's not your typical bar/restaurant. There is no waitress to take your order--you order from the bar and you have to find your own table.  And if it's 9 p.m. on a Friday night, finding a table may require some patience.  But, you will probably run into friends, colleagues, and old classmates.   When Lucy and I went last Friday, we both ran into numerous people we know. Father's Office in Culver City has become a spot that West Siders frequent regularly. From young doctors and lawyers, to members of the Urban League's Young Professional group. Everyone is kicking back, enjoying a beer, and munching on Father's Office's amazing garlic fries or sweet potato fries.

The photo above is THE burger from Father's Office. The burger is topped with a gruyere-blue cheese combo, arugula, and onions caramelized in bacon fat. And it is absolutely delicious! I always order a side of sweet potato fries, which comes with a blue cheese aioli to dip the fries in.  The dip makes them the BEST sweet potato fries! But don't ask for ketchup- there is none. As a matter of fact, you can't specialize any order at this joint.

Other places in Los Angeles that I will miss:

Creme De La Crepe (Hermosa Location): authentic French food and amazing crepes. Try the crepe splendide, filled with sliced strawberries and topped with honey, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.  The location--on the pier of Hermosa Beach, the service, and the food make this place a winner every time. [I'm not vouching for any of their franchise locations though!]

Chado Tea Room (3rd Street Location): I have spent countless hours sipping tea with friends, and enjoying their delicious scones with Chado cream and strawberries.

Loteria Grill (Farmer's Market at the Grove Location): What one Mexican food-loving friend described as, the best Mexican food she's ever had.  Try the shrimp burrito.

I'll even miss Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles--not for the chicken. not for the waffles. But for the memories. Freshman year, no matter what we did, we always seemed to end up at Roscoe's around 1 am on Saturday nights.

What's your favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?